Are You Thinking About Tow Your Car Yourself?
If you are not aware about how to tow a car, then this topic can help with various options of towing a car, safety precautions and on-road guideline in order to give you safe and hassle-free towing experience.
What equipment do I need to tow my car?
You first need to know that what all equipments are required to tow the car. And this depends on what kind of vehicle are you towing and how much safety you want for your vehicle. Here are some options if you need to tow your car:
-Tow dollies- With this tow dollies which is two-wheel dollies, two of your cars wheels roll freely on the road while the front two are held by this tow dollies. The other end of tow dollies is attached of the vehicle you are using to tow. It is important that the cars wheels that are on ground are freely rolling as the vehicle is being towed. Otherwise your vehicle can be in much damaged which may not even be repaired. But car dollies are good option for two wheel drive. The drive shaft need to be disconnected first if you want to tow all-wheel and 4-wheel drive. And you need to get in touch with the mechanic if you don’t want to do it yourself. But if you don’t wish to disconnect then you have more options. For this you need to read further.
-Tow trailers- For all-wheel as well as 4-wheel both open and enclosed towing trailer are good option. There can be the risk of transmission damage as all wheels will be off the ground. But in case of enclosed trailer, there will be increased security as well as added protection from elements. Make sure that you really need these features or not as renting a trailer can be more expensive than a dolly.
-Tow bars- To connect the towing vehicle with the towed vehicle we use this system design which is also known as coach. But don’t confuse this with tow hitches. The tow bar is attached to both the vehicle in such a way that it can move freely on the road. Connections by chains are also needed in order to be safe. The tow bars are not much strong and secure option and that’s why they are less expensive. It is advisable to go with the previous option if you are travelling long distance at high speed with bumpy roads.
Towing accessories- To follow the towing regulations and tow your car safely these towing accessories are required. At least tow lights (tail lights, brake lights, and turn lights) are necessary on the rear to the vehicle being towed. Depending on the towing option you go for, you need to see the other accessories available.
We hope this article helps you to choose a right option while towing your car and proves to be beneficial. It is recommended to follow the safety rules and go through by the safety guidelines given with the equipment. Drive safe!